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It is tempting to overemphasize the role of horticultural crops in man's diet. Horticultural crops rank a poor second after the cereal grains as an energy source (Table 1) (5). It is clear that roots and tubers, fruits, nuts and vegetables contribute less than a third of the dietary calories supplied by the cereal grains. There are several factors which deserve consideration in interpreting these data.

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A recent World Bank report (8) classed over half (73 of 125) of the countries listed in its World Development Indicators as low-income or lower middle-income economies. Their per capita gross national products (GNP) are less than $1700, with a range of $80 to $1630. Agriculture contributes from 24% to 75% of their national gross domestic products, and a majority of their citizens live in rural areas although they may not be directly involved in farming. The adult literacy rate for these countries ranges from 5% to 95%. The authors state that “Agricultural production is a key factor in the development of most countries. In the poorest countries, it is critical.”

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